Lodge farm is a small alternative education provision, based on an 8-acre smallholding. Our therapeutic setting and approach offer space and privacy for students with additional needs to grow, mature, and achieve their potential.
We operate as a traditional farm which includes horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, geese, small birds and cats and dogs.
Lodge farm has been operating since 2012, originally as part of a larger school organisation, but we are proud to announce that we have been a fully independent organisation since December 2020.
Lodge farm Education provides a meaningful alternative education opportunity for young people aged 11 – 17 who have not been able to progress within mainstream or traditional special needs settings.
We have a proud history of finding individual solutions to the challenges that our young students face, both in their ability to engage positively in learning and in developing their social and emotional selves. This is underpinned by a therapeutic and nurturing approach built upon the skills and experience of our dedicated team.
All our students have an Education Health Care Plan and often present with complex needs, which can include social emotional and mental health difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
We have a dedicated team of highly skilled and experienced staff who create the therapeutic environment that our students need to succeed. Our Senior Leadership Team consists of Our Governor, Proprietor, our Head of School and Assistant Head for Therapy and Welfare.
In addition, we have two Senior Teachers on staff plus two Instructors and we currently employ four Teaching Assistants who support all aspects of student learning and wellbeing and are all able to specialise in one-to-one working. The farm site is taken care of by our Housekeeper who provides healthy meals and snacks every day and makes sure we have a clean and tidy place to work and learn.
Throughout our history our students have enjoyed positive outcomes and progression into post 16 opportunities. Since becoming independent 100 % of our year 11 leavers have secured and started an appropriate post 16 provision within the mainstream sector.